Communicating support for employee work/life integration
Smith, Kalisha Hudgies
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The needs of single parents and dual career families make balancing work and personal life difficult. Workers are beginning to value financial gain less when faced with the loss of personal time. In line with social exchange theory, this study proposed that perceived work/life integration can be predicted based upon the utilization of compressed workweeks as a display of organizational support. Organizational support theory suggests that when employees are given the opportunity to utilize new human resource benefits, they will have reduced work/life conflict. In line with leader-member exchange theory, this study also proposed that perceived supervisory support and employee perception of managers’ communication ability would moderate the relationship between organizational support and work/life integration. Employees from a large global company were surveyed. Support and communication variables significantly predicted work/life integration; however, no moderators were found.